National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to share the impactful stories of volunteers who weave us together – volunteers who bring Hope Close to Home in Southwestern Ontario for people impacted by Parkinson’s disease.

“Giving back to the community and seeing the impact volunteering has is why I dedicate the time that I do.”

Meet Andrew

Volunteer Location: Windsor

Please share three words you would use to describe yourself.

Caring, Hard-Working, and Passionate

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a 3rd year Nursing Student at the University of Windsor. I have many hobbies, some of which include soccer, working out, and hanging out with friends. I work at a golf course during the summer and referee hockey during the winter. On campus, I am involved in plenty of extra-curricular activities. Perhaps the most interesting activity is my research on opioid prescribing, where we have studied the perceptions and comfort level of Nurse Practitioner students regarding opioid prescribing and management. With my nursing degree, I plan on working in the Intensive Care Unit where I will help manage critically ill patients.

What interested you about becoming a volunteer at PSSO?

Going into the healthcare profession, I have a passion for helping others achieve their healthcare goals. Being a volunteer on PSSO gives me the opportunity to work directly with those who have Parkinsons disease. In collaboration with other volunteers, the money raised can improve quality of life through the development of new research-based interventions. From a volunteer standpoint, I love being in a position to be able to raise awareness about Parkinsons disease to the general public.

How long have you been volunteering with PSSO?

1 year

Tell us more about your volunteer experience with PSSO and how you are involved?

I initially became involved while helping plan the 2022 Parkinsons Walk in Windsor. I had the privilege of leading the food and beverage committee and our team was able to obtain fantastic food and treats at the event! Currently, I am also assisting with 2023 Spring Conference by obtaining gift cards, raffle prizes and marketing the event on social media and around the city.

What is something unique or interesting about you that others may not know?

I am really good at playing pool, as I have had a pool table since I was a young boy.

What do you enjoy about volunteering and what motivates you to continue?

Giving back to the community and seeing the impact volunteering has is why I dedicate the time that I do.

Are there any special memories from your time volunteering with PSSO?

The Parkinsons Walk in 2022 was the first in-person walk in Windsor since before the COVID-19 pandemic, and being able to witness this firsthand was so rewarding. I look forward to many more opportunities with PSSO!

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